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Which Christmas party dress should I wear?

“Which Christmas party dress should I wear?” is not just a good-looking title, it’s a real question I’ve been asking myself for weeks – I can’t decide! So now I’m here looking for help.
I’d originally planned to get in front of the sewing machine and design a strappy maxi dress out a epic red sequinned fabric. That was until I read a bit more about how to sew with sequinned fabric and it was recommended to remove the sequins along every seam line, and that it would likely take an extra 4 to 6 hours to sew another normal dress because of this, let alone a full length one! So that idea went out the window.

Ingrid Dress Collectif - Keira Knightley Atonement Dress Ingrid Dress Collectif - Keira Knightley Atonement Dress
Then I saw the Ingrid Fishtail Dress from Collectif and I KNEW I had to have it. They sold this dress last year in red and black and I was sorely tempted then but resisted, but when I saw it in this gorgeous green this year, it just screamed Keira Knightley in that Atonement dress and I was sold. But I had my heart set on making my own dress for the Christmas party this year, so I started my investigations into dress patterns for similar styles, even considering drafting my own as I wanted the skirt on the bias, and started looking at fabric for it. Bear in mind that I’ve never actually worked with silk or even a proper satin like fabric before, especially in a garment that requires this amount of precision! I came across a few: McCalls 7047 and Vogue 2931 were both worthy contenders in terms of shape that could be hacked to create something similar, but McCalls 7154 blew me away with its 1930s style and detail. That was until I realised I’d need up to 6m of fabric (plus I’d need a similar amount again of a cheaper but similar weight and feel one to do a mock up – I wasn’t going to attempt this without!) that was going to be £12/m at the cheapest…I was nearing the price of the original Collectif dress I’d fallen in love with without even considering the time that would go into it and not having the option to return it and get the money back if I didn’t even like it! (And I now entirely understand that this dress is actually in reality fairly cheap considering what goes into making it!).
In the end, I decided it wasn’t worth it – at least, not for this Christmas party. Maybe I should start an attempt to make it in January so it’s ready for next year’s Christmas party! So I took the plunge and ordered the Collectif one, knowing I could return it if it didn’t fit or I didn’t like it. The only problem? I love it. Far, far too much! The other problem – it’s too fancy for a work Christmas party dress, far, far too fancy! And I don’t have any other events I can possibly think of too wear it to – awards ceremonies? Masked balls? None of those on my horizon, I’m afraid!
But, look at it!

Ingrid Dress Collectif - Keira Knightley Atonement Dress Ingrid Dress Collectif - Keira Knightley Atonement Dress

I can’t package this dress back up and send it back again! I know it’s very creased, but I’m still not sure I’m going to keep it so don’t want to steam it – I took these pictures to try to help me make the decision, but it’s too hard!

Missguided Christmas party dress - velvet slip dress Missguided Christmas party dress - velvet slip dress

So I ordered another dress. Missguided have a 50% off sale every so often. I haven’t bought from them in years, but I decided to have a look and spotted a range of dresses suitable for Christmas parties that were so so cheap for what they were. This navy crushed velvet midi dress looked really retro in its style, and at only £11 with the 50% off, I wasn’t going to say no – it went into my basket!
It’s quite a bit more blue in real life than it seems in the product photos, but it’s gorgeous. It’s a lot less fancy and feels a lot more like something that would fit in better at our usual Christmas parties, but this one has a problem too – it’s so low cut! Luckily I’ve got this bra from House of Fraser* recently so I’m prepped (full review coming on BCLC soon!), but I don’t wear things that show off this much cleavage any more (I never really used to anyway to be honest) and I feel very exposed in it! I’m considering investing in some fashion tape to make sure everything stays in place, and I feel like the straps might need shortening a bit, but pulling it up any further pulls the underbust seam too high. I really do like the fit of it though and how comfortable it is, plus velvet is very festive, and it was only £11 compared to the £90 of the other dress! It’s really good quality too for that £11!

Missguided Christmas party dress - velvet slip dress Missguided Christmas party dress - velvet slip dress

So what do you think, what should I do? Which Christmas party dress should I choose? I may even buy another to try yet – I did turn up at one Christmas party with 6 dresses in tow to make a decision between on the night, oops! (All apart from one I already owned – I only bought one that I decided a few days before I didn’t like any more – typical!). It’s always a difficult decision, so I’m handing it over to you, with a few more of my options for purchase below too. What do you think?

10 Comments

  1. Karen
    November 28, 2016 / 11:57 am

    They are both lovely dresses, but I absolutely adore the shape of the blue one on you! Kx

    • Sian Thomas
      Author
      November 28, 2016 / 2:38 pm

      Thanks for your input – I’m getting so many conflicting opinions, it’s difficult!

  2. Žanete
    November 28, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    I think the blue one looks better on you but I agree about the cleavage. I would feel the same about it.
    But like Karen said it really looks great on you.

    • Sian Thomas
      Author
      November 28, 2016 / 2:39 pm

      The cleavage is the only problem! I’m wondering if a piece of lace across the cleavage or a couple of stitches might help a bit!

    • Sian Thomas
      Author
      November 30, 2016 / 5:26 pm

      Thank you! I think the blue velvet might be the winner this year!

  3. Suzanne
    November 29, 2016 / 12:42 am

    The blue one.

    • Sian Thomas
      Author
      November 30, 2016 / 5:27 pm

      Thanks Suzanne, I think it might be that one!

  4. Lynsey
    November 29, 2016 / 11:58 am

    Both are gorgeous dresses, the green one is stunning and I love it! I think it would be less glam if the skirt was the same light as the blue one but for the price chancing on chopping it off is too risky. The blue is amazing too, the fit is spot on and you look great, a little lace attached would work well, maybe attaching a strip of elastic along the inside edge could create a slight gathered effect which could work. I’m self employed and really miss a Christmas party, I have no excuse to dress up. You will look stunning in either 🙂

    • Sian Thomas
      Author
      November 30, 2016 / 5:27 pm

      Thanks for the input, Lynsey! I definitely agree that with a shorter, more casual skirt, the Collectif one could work to be less formal but yes, too scared to do that! I think the lace might be the way forward, but I like the gathered elastic idea too 🙂

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